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Iran is eager to have punitive financial measures removed and has been working to scale back its nuclear program much faster than many predicted, according to those monitoring the process.

Some who have been advocating to reduce prison terms for nonviolent drug criminals privately tell NPR they are beginning to worry nothing will happen in 2016.

The former Florida governor offered up a theory on Donald Trump, which has provoked a lively debate on social media, in a year-ending interview with NPR News.

Champagne and other booze flow freely on New Year's Eve. But if you want to wake to a new year without the side effects of alcohol, don't fret: We've got science-based tips for avoiding that headache.

"I think the emotion of the here and now will subside," Bush said in an interview with NPR. He predicts voters will turn on front-runner Donald Trump and see things his way once voting starts.

The deal in Saudi Arabia has been no taxation and no representation. Bottom-of-the-barrel crude prices changed the first half of the equation this week, as officials cut utility and gas subsidies.

A big study finds the risk that the baby will die soon after delivery is twice as high if the delivery was planned for home or a birthing center versus the hospital, but such deaths are very rare.

In Los Angeles County, more than one-quarter of the 375 people shot by law enforcement over a five-year period were unarmed. Police training tries to prepare officers to make split-second decisions.

It can be a provocative art show. Or teenagers going out for a walk. By law and tradition, Saudi women still face many restrictions. But they keep stretching the boundaries and the pace is picking up.

Bill Cosby has faced numerous civil suits from dozens of women over the years, but this is the first criminal charge. The statute of limitations in the 2004 case was set to expire in January.

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